What is Sukkahwood?
Sukkahwood is a free community arts festival that challenges artists and designers to produce temporary art installations in the form of a Sukkah. Sukkahwood 2022 will be taking place October 13, 2022, from 2-6pm on Pat's Lawn in Inwood Hill Park.
What is a Sukkah and what is Sukkot?
For forty years, as the Jewish people traversed the Sinai Desert, following the Exodus from Egypt, miraculous clouds surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert.
We remember G-d Almighty's kindness and show our reliance upon Him, on nature, and on each other through dwelling in Sukkot (plural of Sukkah) - a hut of temporary construction with a roof covering of branches - for the duration of the Sukkot festival.
Friends and family come together to share meals and often even sleep inside these huts for all seven days. The Sukkah is a symbol of community togetherness, a time to celebrate the diversity of our community. Through including everybody, we come to appreciate all the gifts in our lives that are often taken for granted.
Please note that the Sukkah structures at Sukkahwood are not technically kosher and instead represent the idea of a Sukkah and the creative possibilities of what a Sukkah can be. Educational materials will be provided that delineate the requirements of a kosher Sukkah. The structures then can help foster a discussion as to what makes them kosher or unkosher, and how they can be made appropriate for use on Sukkot.